Eventos y Apariciones en Rojo, free association, found Reds, newer projects retroactive effects going on

Since 2008 I started to feel the strength of Red and the Red spectre that was creeping inside my spirit that was by then feeling very disturbed and hopeless, while furious and wild all in front of the rise of Fascism and a neoliberal decadence that haunted my spirit.

My two shows in Barcelona and Guatemala in 2010 and January 2011, had this Red backgrounds and thickness of tragic blood shed and of a hopeful color, as a flowing, and a convulsive dialectic.

Leaving signs and traces, insights and legacies that were latent when I was about to formalise the installations.

First as a thin Red line that was crossing all objects of a dismantled barricade and in the graphics of a publication that was propaganda like.

Later on to the next show and only with three months difference, the neo-concrete internationalist movements, the use of monochrome and the Red as energetic aural object, like sculptural totems and presences that were surrounding myself with the ghost of the artist that had used the Red colour, and of the Red colour transcending arts and gathering its own momentum for a political change.

Since the last years some artist, activist and theorist have "discovered" my works on Red and they have been featured in Seattle's Independent space INCA and with the project This Might Not Work.

To re-enact a performance from 1998 and to call those Red spirits, as a way of dissolving as author and create a community like feeling around a series of workshops that will have very present all about spiritism.

Leaving Barcelona to do a show at a new space in Guatemala, just in a barely started 2011, I take with me the Red. Red is going to let me know how and where wants to appear at the space once I enter in contact with it .

Text for Red May at INCA Institute
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Red May

Esther Planas Balduz, Felix Gmelin, Talena Lachelle Queen, Clark Wiegman, RabRab, and Kathleen Skeels
INCA: 2 West Roy St. Seattle, WA, 98110
Exhibition: 28 April – 10 May
Opening: 28 April 7-9pm
Curated by the Red May Collective
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Red May launch with an exhibition with work by artists: Esther Planas Balduz, Felix Gmelin, Talena Lachelle Queen, Clark Wiegman, RabRab, and Kathleen Skeels.

WE WANT SEATTLE TO TURN RED FOR A MONTH. TO EAT RED FOOD (APPLES, RED DOTS, RADISHES), TO WEAR RED ACCESSORIES, TO GET CAUGHT RED-HANDED READING KARL MARX, AND (WHILE THE WORLD MAXIMIZES HUMAN CAPITAL) TO LIVE PRODIGALLY IN THE RED AS IF THERE’S NO TOMORROW. ANYONE CAN PLAY. THE RULES? THERE ARE ONLY TWO. FIRST, RIFF ON RED. AND SECOND, ASSUME FOR A MONTH THAT THE MARKET IS NOT THE SOLUTION TO THE PROBLEMS THAT THE MARKET CREATES.
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ARTIST’S BIOS:

Esther Planas Balduz is a Catalan artist based in London. Planas Balduz studied Contemporary Dance at The London Contemporary Dance School in London and El Institut del Teatre Barcelona. She published V.O. magazine, and DARK STAR: both series of publications have being acquired recently by MACBA Arxius. Planas Balduz is also the founder member of the artist cooperative Five Years in London.

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